Xiaomi To Be 1st Chinese OEM To Release A SD821 Flagship

Xiaomi tends to introduce quite a few smartphones every year, that’s not exactly a secret. That very thing happened this year as well, even though it’s only July, Xiaomi had already released quite a few phones, but also other smart gadgets. That being said, we expect this China-based smartphone OEM to release a number more devices before the end of 2016, and one such phone will arrive on July 27th, a new Redmi-branded smartphone. In addition to this, the company is also expected to introduce the Mi Note 2 and Mi 5s handsets in the coming weeks.

That being said, Xiaomi is no stranger to using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs in their smartphones, and according to a well-known China-based analyst, this company will release the world's first Snapdragon 821-powered handset. The Snapdragon 821 was introduced quite recently, though this is essentially a slightly improved Snapdragon 820 chip which has been around for quite some time now. The Snapdragon 821 comes with a higher clock speed, and ASUS had already introduced the Snapdragon 821-powered ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant the other day. Well, if Pan Jiutang is to be believed, Xiaomi will be the first Chinese company to push the Snapdragon 821-powered device to the market, despite the fact they’re not the first to announce such a phone. So, what device is the analyst talking about? Well, it’s either the Mi Note 2, or the Xiaomi Pro which surfaced yesterday. The Mi Note 2 will most definitely launch soon, while we’re not so sure about the Xiaomi Pro, yesterday’s leak was the first time we heard that the device exists, allegedly.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to ship with a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, though there’s a chance Xiaomi will release more than one variant of this phablet, so a fullHD model is also a possibility. The Mi Note 2 will probably pack in 4GB / 6GB of RAM, and will be fueled by the aforementioned Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor. The 16-megapixel OIS shooter, which was included in the Mi 5, will probably be utilized here as well, and the phablet will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, with the company’s MIUI 8 OS on top of it. Various models of the Mi Note 2 were rumored, including the one with curved display sides, similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. It remains to be seen what will Xiaomi announce, stay tuned.

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